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Debilitating fatigue


The word "fatigue" just doesn't cut it when you're trying to explain the exhaustion associated with a chronic illness. Here are two definitions I personally use to relate the fatigue that I have felt with my MS (multiple sclerosis):

  • It's like I've moved furniture all day, carried a 100-pound backpack up the side of a mountain, AND rowed a boat across the ocean.
  • Or, I'm so totally depleted that if a fire broke out in my house, I wouldn't have the strength needed to save my life or the life of my children.

Sometimes it takes very little activity to produce such debilitating fatigue, maybe all you did was get dressed.

The other issue with chronic illness fatigue is that it can strike suddenly, even after a good night's rest. One can awake refreshed, get dressed, eat, and prepare to walk out the door for a party, and BOOM! The "sledgehammer of fatigue" hits and you can't get to the bed fast enough. After a five hour nap in a dead sleep, you wake up feeling OK, but embarrassed and sad that you let people down and missed a fun time with family and friends.

Those of us who have serious fatigue know those I've-hit- the-wall, I-HAVE-NO-RESERVE-LEFT, feelings. It's depressing to have no control when those feelings hit. However, over the years, I've learned a few tips that may help you gain back some of the control that fatigue has taken away.

For more tips on fighting fatigue, type fatigue into the search box at the top of the Webpage page.

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